I create installations, collages and sculptures that use the language of maps to explore the connections among geological and biological processes, patterns in nature, geometry and anatomy. Using a variety of distinct styles I intricately cut, score, wrinkle, layer, fold, paint and pin maps to produce revised versions that often become more like the terrains they represent. These new geographies explore notions of place, perception and experience, suggesting the potential for a broader landscape and inviting viewers to examine their relationships with each other and the world we share.
Shannon Rankin was born in California (1971) and grew up in Vermont. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maine College of Art (1997). Rankin currently divides her time between Maine and New Mexico.
Her recent exhibitions include Materiality: The Matter of Matter, Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland, ME (2017), Water is Everything, Drive-By Projects, Watertown, MA (2017), Deep Cuts: Contemporary Paper Cutting, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH (2017), Overview, Roswell Museum and Art Center, Roswell, New Mexico (2016), Beyond Boundaries, Flinn Gallery, Greenwich, CT (2015) and Excavations, New Art Center, Newton, Massachusetts (2015).
Recent awards include residencies at the Studios at MASS MoCA (2017), the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program (2016) and the Individual Artist Grant awarded by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation (2015).